Rich Wroblewski's 1958 Chevrolet
"Rich went to California in the early 1960s," Ray Soff told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. "He bought a 58 Impala and drove it home." He wanted it customized, so he took it to Terry Browning in town. "Terry gave the car a beautiful Candy green paint job, and Rich named it "Jade East" after a man's cologne that was out at the time." It was a mild custom. The car was nosed and decked, and the paint job featured subtle fogging around trim and edges. It received subtle pinstriping as well, and the name "Jade East" was added to the rear quarter panels. It was lowered all around, and photos from the Ray Soff Collection shows it running on what seems to be Rader mag wheels.
The Impala was Rich's everyday car. He had no garage or driveway to park it in, so it was on the street on RT 35 all the time. One day Rich's neighbor's car got hit. After that, he rented a driveway from a man down the street that didn't have a car himself.
After owning it for a few years, the paint started cracking, so Terry added black flames on the front to cover the chips. According to Ray, it didn't look good. By then the car had started to rust as well. Restoring it would be too expensive, so Rich ended up selling it.
Sold and spotted on a used car lot
Rich was a mailman, so he got around. One day he came across his old custom at a used car lot. He talked to the salesman and found out that he wanted more then he sold it for two years before. The car showed its wear, but the white pearl interior was still like new.
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